On April 26, 2016, Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh spoke at USALI about his life and career on a par with Taiwan's democratization. Born and raised in Taipei, Professor Yeh went to law school at National Taiwan University. Afterward, he worked as a court clerk of the military for two years. Between 1985 and 1988, when Professor Yeh was a JSD student at Yale Law School, he heard about the abolition of Taiwan's Martial Law and decided to go back to Taiwan to serve his hometown by teaching Constitutionalism.
About Professor Yeh:
Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh is known for his policy science approach to various law and policy issues, including constitutional change, environmental policy and regulatory processes. He was the Vice Dean of the College of Law, National Taiwan University, in charge of academic affairs and international collaboration. He has substantially involved in many constitutional, legislative and regulatory issues in Taiwan. He argued in front of the Council of Grand on the constitutional issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant installation, also heading or participating in the drafting of several major legislative bills, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedural Act, the Superfund Law and the Greenhouse Gas Control Act. Professor Yeh’s extensive publications of books and articles in both English and Chinese cover topics such as constitutional law, environmental law and administrative law. He received Award of Excellence in Research from National Science Council. Professor Yeh has held teaching positions in many major foreign institutions. He taught in the Transnational Law Program at Duke Law School, Hong Kong, in 1995, and Transformative Constitution and Rule of Law in East Asia at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in 1999. He was named Distinguished Visiting Faculty 2000-2001 by the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where he taught Transformative Constitutionalism in East Asia in Fall 2000. In 2004, he was the instructor of the course Comparative Constitutionalism at Harvard Law School. Professor Yeh joined the Cabinet of Taiwan as a Minister without Portfolio in 2002, in charge of inter-ministerial coordination. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of two important councils chaired by the Premier: the National Council for Sustainable Development and the Council for Organic Reform. In 2005, Professor Yeh was elected Secretary-General of the National Assembly that approved the constitutional revision proposals by Legislative Yuan. In 2006, Professor Yeh was appointed as Distinguished Professor by the University. He is now director of the Public Law Research Center.